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Elections Have Consequences: A Look at Poland

The 2015 ascendancy of the Law and Justice Party to power in Poland, first winning the Presidency and then 51% of the Parliament, has resulted in changes of direction in a country that was the poster child for economic and democratic transition as it emerged from the communist period. Current policies toward state security, public media, economic policy and the courts have generated praise in some quarters and strong criticism in others. What is the meaning of these changes for Poland's future, for the group of Central/Eastern countries and for the EU, where Poland has aspired to leadership?

Panel 1 12:00pm-1:00pm 

  • Leszek Balcerowicz, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Warsaw School of Economics. Keynote address: "Bad Transitions Include Poland"
  • Moderator: Dr. Heidi Tworek, Fellow, Transatlantic Academy and Assistant Professor of International History, University of British Columbia

Panel 2 1:00pm-2:00pm 

  • Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski, Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs 
  • Sławomir Sierakowski, Krytyka Polityczna 
  • Moderator: Ruth Greenspan Bell, Wilson Center